“Crude oil output in October hit 941,637 barrels per day, the latest in a string of monthly records, but up just 1 percent over September, according to a report Friday by the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources. That’s about 5 percent of U.S. oil consumption.... North Dakota, now the No. 2 oil-producing state behind Texas, has seen oil production leap sevenfold over five years. ”

With that boom comes unanticipated problems like inadequate infrastructure to cater to the growing volume of traffic, along with shortage in supply of basic amenities such as groceries, hospitals, schools and housing. Northstar Center aims to resolve a part of these issues by becoming the place to work, live and play in Williston, ND.


  • • Williston is the Capital of North Dakota’s Oil Boom and is America’s fastest growing Boomtown. (Quoted by CNN Money on 19 March 2013).

  • • The fastest growing Micropolitan Community in the US in 2 years running.

  • • Top 15 hottest America cities of the future. (Quoted by Yahoo Finance on 28 June 2012)

  • • The fastest-growing small city in the U.S. Williston, N.D., is a long time railroad outpost 540 miles from the nearest major U.S. sports franchise that has been transformed by the state's oil boom, according to new Census Bureau data.

  • • From April 2010 to July 2011, the population in and around Williston grew far faster than in any other micropolitan area - population centers with at least one urban cluster of between 10,000 and 50,000 people—swelling by 8.8% to 24,374 residents, according to census estimates.
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The Northstar Center is a proposed commercial and residential development on a 535-acre parcel north of the city, was brought before the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission in a special meeting and public hearing, garnering unanimous approval to go before the Williston City Commission.

The project consists of nearly 2 million square feet of general commercial space, 566,000 square feet of heavy commercial and more than 1,500 residential units.

The proposed development, large and complex in scope, aims to create a walkable and amenity-based master planned community that provides diverse housing and a sustainable commercial district.

The 535-acre project site will dedicate approximately 20 percent of the area as parks and a 47-acre open space, with a concept approved by the Williston Parks and Recreation Department, and will include baseball diamonds.

The project will be developed in three phases. Under consideration is that those phases will be “market and sales driven,” Phases 1 and 2 will have both residential and commercial areas. Phase 2 includes the development of an Autoplex with multi-dealerships, a major independent parts store, quick oil changes and a car wash. Phase 3 will involve the development of the 47-acre parks and commercial uses.

Revised Plan